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Occurrence of Erysipelothrix spp. in Chicken Meat Parts from a Processing Plant

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From March 1996 to March 1997, 153 domestic raw chicken meat samples, including 71 thigh, 50 outer breast muscle, and 32 white meat samples, from a processing plant located in a chicken abattoir in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, were examined for the presence of Erysipelothrix spp. Erysipelothrix spp. were isolated from 49 (30.0%) of the 153 chicken meat samples. Of 67 Erysipelothrix isolates, 65 and 2 isolates were identified as E. rhusiopathiae and E. tonsillarum. E. rhusiopathiae and E. tonsillarum isolates were serotyped into 11 and 2 different serovars, respectively. These findings might indicate that domestic chicken meat is frequently contaminated with E. rhusiopathiae and seems to be a potential source of human Erysipelothrix infection.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-8509 2: National Veterinary Assay Laboratory, Kokubunji, Tokyo 185-0003, Japan

Publication date: September 1, 1998

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